Lottery-funded project generates increase culturally-specific abuse referrals to charity

LIVERPOOL-based Savera UK, a leading charity tackling culturally-specific abuse, including forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) in the UK, has revealed the outcomes of a three-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Women and Girls Initiative.

The charity was awarded the funding to develop its one-to-one support services, engage young people in schools to educate them about domestic abuse and harmful practices and to also raise community awareness to help reduce incidents of domestic and culturally-specific abuse.

During the project, Savera UK delivered on five key outcomes; increasing the provision of holistic approaches for BME women and girls at risk, enabling feedback from its clients to influence future service delivery, educating on what constitutes domestic abuse and harmful practices and highlighting where individuals can go for advice and support, raising awareness of the rights of those at risk and empowering them to safely assert those rights.

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